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After 140 cases of ‘Zika’ virus in Rajasthan, Gujarat registers its first case

Ahmedabad, Oct 26 (IENews) Gujarat, where the first case of Zika virus infection in India was detected in January last year, on Friday confirmed its first such infection, this year.

Principal Secretary and Health Commissioner of Gujarat Jayanti Ravi confirmed that so far, only one such case has been confirmed in the state and has been cured, before its report arrived.

She said the case was in Amraiwadi area of Ahmedabad and detected on October 22.

So far, samples of 257 pregnant women suffering from fever out of total 5183 checked have been taken and of the 135 reports received so far, all are negative. Total 14 wards of Ahmedabad, including Amraiwadi where over seven lakh population lives, have been fogged and larva control has been done there.

She said that Zika virus has zero mortality, but precaution should be taken.

AMC Commissioner Vijay Nehra said that elaborate steps have been initiated to check the possible spread of the vector-borne virus. He said there was no need to panic and steps should be taken as precaution. Water should not be stored inside the houses. The suspected case detected in Amraiwadi was cured before the positive report came, he added.

Routine checking of passengers coming from Rajasthan with suspected symptoms on various railway stations and bus stations, including the bordering Palanpur, were on. Pamphlets regarding awareness were also being distributed.

Gujarat government had almost two weeks ago issued alerts in the wake of the rising cases of Zika Virus infections in Jaipur, the capital of neighbouring state of Rajasthan, where so far around 140 cases have been detected.

An official of the Health department said that it has been advised to keep an eye on the people coming from Rajasthan with symptoms of infection. Medical teams are monitoring the situation at Airports, Railway stations and bus stands, for screening of the suspected cases.

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